Summer Learning

Rochester + Quality Summer Learning Programs =

Big Impact on Student Success

  • The academic achievement gap in education refers to the disparity in academic performance between low and middle income students. The achievement gap is evident in grades, standardized test scores, course selection, dropout rates, and college matriculation and completion rates.
  • The achievement gap begins early and widens rapidly. A 2007 study reports that the achievement gap between low and middle income children in the U.S. is an average of six months in kindergarten, is a full 2.5 years by the end of fifth grade, and continues to grow through high school.
  • Summer learning differences contribute to the achievement gap.  There is a new and compelling body of evidence about the central importance of learning loss during the summer, particularly for low-income children whose families are not in a position to give them the kind of enriching experiences available to their more economically advantaged peers.

High quality summer learning programs in greater Rochester enable students to improve their reading and math skills, gain confidence as learners, complete high school successfully, and attend college at a much higher rate than their peers who don’t have the opportunity to participate.  CCTE is currently conducting research on teacher perceptions of summer learning in a high quality K-8 summer learning program, and how summer learning success can be extended into the school year.  We salute the teachers, program leaders, and institutions which provide such critical summer learning opportunities for Rochester area students, including programs at our partner institutions, Horizons at MCC, and Geneseo’s Soaring Stars Program.  Watch for a bibliography of summer learning research and resources coming soon!  Meanwhile, check out this short video from Horizons National which is a brilliant primer on the cumulative effects of summer learning loss…